COLUMN: Spring brings freedom

Cyclists on the roads, kids on the fields and skateboarders in the new park are all enjoying the returned freedom spring seems to bring.

With spring temperatures flip flopping between March and August folks are taking advantage of being outside whenever possible.

Cyclists on the roads, kids on the fields and skateboarders in the new park are all enjoying the returned freedom spring seems to bring.

Right up on top of the list is the official opening of the All-Wheel Skatepark in Rosemont. Mark your calendar for May 31 from noon to 4 p.m. Watch for more details.

The Nelson Neptune club is a summer swimming program for ages 5 to 18.

Practices happen multiple times per week for each age group. There are eight swim meets throughout the summer on weekends starting at the end of May. This is a great way to begin a lifelong love of swimming.

The price for 6 and under is $150 plus fundraising, and the price for 6 and up is $275 plus fundraising.

It started on Monday but registration is still open with some availability. There is a team potluck today above the Chamber of Commerce starting at 6 p.m. Visit for more information.

The Sports Council has a job opening for a summer student starting July 2. The sport facility operations support position is a 30 hour per week position and is perfect for a student interested in museums, tour guiding, sport and recreation administration, customer service, facility management or office administration.

Please see for job description. Applicant must be returning to school September 2014.

Seeing the season out is Nelson Minor Hockey with their rescheduled annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Hume Room at the Hume Hotel.

The club is hosting the Turcotte Stick Handling camp on August 11 to 5. Go to for more info.

Nelson Figure Skating club is also finishing their winter program up with their end of season event on May 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the NDCC arena. Inspired by the golden age of train travel and a love of exotic destination, Express To The Stars is a performance on ice all about going places.

This season-ending gala includes music from Madagascar, The Polar Express and much more. Performances from skaters as young as five years right up to senior Star Skate levels. As always, the show includes great guest performers. Tickets are $5 adults, children and seniors $3.

Sérgio Santos, a native Brazilian who has been living in the Kootenays since 2009, is launching a spring Capoeira session for May and June in Nelson for youth and adults.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, fight, dance and culture that originated as a movement for freedom from slavery in Brazil, by African slaves and Aboriginals. Today, Capoeira is practiced worldwide in more than 100 countries, improving the quality of life of the participants by exploring flexibility, core strength, agility and rhythm through the dynamic and playful practice.

To register email to or call 250-551-4272 (evenings and weekends).

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